Bor­der­line ski­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OUTDOORS - By LANCE CRAYON

THE Chang­bais­han ski re­sort, tucked away in Jilin prov­ince on the rugged moun­tains of north­east China, is one of China’s pre­miere ski des­ti­na­tions.

The ac­tual moun­tain known as Chang­bais­han is one of the largest moun­tains in China, and it ba­si­cally means “of­ten white moun­tain.” It sits to the east of the ski re­sort, not far from the borders of Rus­sia and North Korea.

The re­sort here is yet an­other sign that snow ski­ing in China is grow­ing in de­mand, and per­haps it will only be a mat­ter of time be­fore the coun­try hosts its first Win­ter Olympics.

In China, snow ski­ing is one of the fastest grow­ing leisure ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try. Ho­tels such as the Sher­a­ton and Westin have opened at Chang­bais­han, they sit at the bot­tom of the ski runs just a walk­ing dis­tance from both ho­tel lob­bies.

The ski re­sort is lo­cated just five kilo­me­ters from the Yanji In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and bus trans­porta­tion makes it all too con­ve­nient for vis­i­tors to ar­rive, check in and hit the slopes.

The ski range has a va­ri­ety of runs for the be­gin­ner and the ex­pert. There are plenty of ski in­struc­tors avail­able to those who need lessons on how to glide down a moun­tain on a pair of skis with­out fall­ing down. Ski rentals are avail­able along with full and half­day lift passes. And night ski­ing is also pos­si­ble for those who can’t sat­isfy their thirst for snow ski­ing dur­ing the day.

Ski sea­son at the Chang­bais­han re­sort be­gins in Novem­ber and runs through early May, mak­ing it the only re­sort in China that of­fers seven months of ski­ing. When it opened a few years ago it only had one ski lift and four trails, now it has nine lifts and some 40km of trails. With progress like this it’ll be no time at all be­fore the Chi­nese dom­i­nate a sport that hardly had a pres­ence in the coun­try a mere decade ago. – Chi­ cn/ANN

It is an ideal place for ski­ing and ice-skat­ing be­cause of its well-con­structed ski tracks, com­pre­hen­sive win­ter sports train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and breath­tak­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Win­ter on Chang­bai Moun­tain fea­tures vast slopes of white snow and its snow qual­ity is said to com­pare to that of the Alpine re­gion of France and Italy.

En­thu­si­asts can also choose other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mo­tor ski­ing, sleigh ski­ing, shoot­ing and hunt­ing. The re­sort is lo­cated in the heart of Chang­bei Moun­tain Na­ture Re­serve’s dense for­est and has nat­u­ral hot springs.

Lo­ca­tion: It is 500 kilo­me­ters east of Changchun, cap­i­tal of North­east­ern China’s Jilin prov­ince.

In the dis­tance, skiers can see the moun­tain known as Chang­bais­han, which means ‘of­ten white moun­tain’.

a Chi­nese skier en­joys the easy route back to the ski lifts at the bot­tom of the slopes.

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